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Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

Holy Stupid Lawsuit Batman!

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 12 November 2008

This is too absurd to make up!  The mayor of a town in Turkey is suing Warner Brothers and Christopher Nolan, for using his town’s name without permission.

The name of the town?
Why, Batman of course.
Never mind that the series started nearly 70 years ago.
Never mind that it’s a reflection of the character’s alter-ego (ie LITERALLY Bat Man)

“There is only one Batman in the world,” Kalkan said. “The American producers used the name of our city without informing us.”

No one from the town of Batman has explained why it took so many years to take legal action. Batman first appeared as a comicbook character in 1939 and the “Batman” TV series started in 1966. Tim Burton‘s first bigscreen rendition for Warner Bros. came out in 1989. Undoubtedly the fact that “Dark Knight” is about to pass the $1 billion mark at the B.O. played a part in stirring the ire of the Turkish hamlet.

The mayor is prepping a series of charges against Nolan and Warner Bros., which owns the right to the Batman character, including placing the blame for a number of unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate on the psychological impact that the film’s success has had on the city’s inhabitants.

Just… wow.



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